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Flock Together now supports the latest local party structure

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

I’ve just updated Flock Together to reflect the party’s latest local party structure.

This has also enabled me to create feeds using the party’s official numbers for local parties.

If you would like to get an RSS feed for your local party using your local party’s ‘official’ number, it’s at:

http://www.flocktogether.org.uk/rss.php?partyID=yourpartysofficialnumber

For example, Winchester is at:

http://www.flocktogether.org.uk/rss.php?partyID=632

All the other flags for the RSS feed still work as previously posted.

Personalised feeds

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

I’ve added some more variables for Flock Together feeds…

The basic feed remains, as before:

http://www.flocktogether.org.uk/userrss.php?id=yourusername

Instead of your user name, it’s now possible to reference by membership number or postcode. For example:

?pc=RG14+1PJ&range=50

does the postcode and range (if you leave out range, it uses 50 miles). And:

&mn=1234567

does the Liberal Democrat membership number (although this only works for registered users of Flock Together who’ve entered their membership number when they registered).

For registered users who want to publish their feed, it may make sense only to show only meetings that they’ve ‘registered’ on Flock Together. To do this they can add the following onto their URL:

&registeredonly=yes

To sort the meetings in order of reverse appearance (i.e. the most ‘recent’ post will be the most immediate upcoming meeting), add:

&sortorder=meetingdate

If you want to show your feed on a Prater Raines site, then the best option is just to add the following to your URL:

&praterraines=yes

Finally, to set the publish date to the meeting date (which may break some feedreaders, since the publish date will be in the future), just add:

&scheduleddate=yes

RSS frenzy at Flock Together

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

I’ve had a bit of an RSS frenzy here at Flock Together.

There are now feeds for:

If you go to the relevant page there are also RSS feeds for organisations and comments on organisations meetings, as per the following examples for Liberal Drinks:

And there are also RSS feeds for individual organisations, such as this one for Federal Conference in the Spring

The organisation feeds and meeting feeds, as well as a personal RSS feed that only tells you about meetings that you are interested in, are displayed on the left hand menu on the relevant meeting or organisation page, or if you have logged in.

Some of the feeds take flags, as shown here for organisations and here for individuals.

Let me know if you would like any further options.

Options for an organisation’s RSS feed on Flock Together

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

In response to requests, I’ve added some options for organisations Flock Together RSS feeds, such as you might want to use on a local party or organisational website.

You can find the basic RSS feed on the organisation page of the party organisation you’re interested in – which you can find via search or via this page. The feed can be found towards the bottom behind a small button such as this one RSS icon. Just right click the button and select ‘copy link location’ in Firefox or ‘copy shortcut’ in Internet Explorer to get the address of the RSS feed.

You should then have something like:

http://www.flocktogether.org.uk/rss.php?Organisation=567

To sort the meetings in order of reverse appearance (i.e. the most ‘recent’ post will be the most immediate upcoming meeting), add:

&sortorder=meetingdate

If you want to show your feed on a Prater Raines site, then the best option is just to add the following to your URL:

&praterraines=yes

If you want to exclude ‘parent’ meetings (for a local party, this might mean your regional, national or federal party), then add:

&showparent=no

If you want to exclude ‘child’ meetings (for a regional party, this might mean from local parties in their area), then add:

&showchildren=no

Finally, to set the publish date to the meeting date (which may break some feedreaders, since the publish date will be in the future), just add:

&scheduleddate=yes

Personal Flock Together RSS feeds

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

There’s been an encouraging uptake of the personal RSS feed system that I’ve just installed – 37 different people so far.

My feed is http://www.flocktogether.org.uk/userrss.php?id=mpntod for example. Just change the user name on the end (the bit in italics) to get your own personal feed. If you log in to the site, the RSS icon at the bottom of the home page should also link to your personal feed.

I had a request for the feed to be sortable by date by using use the date of the meeting as the publication date. This may confuse your feed reader since some of them don’t show dates in the future, and it will mean that updates don’t show as you might expect, but if you want this, add ‘&scheduleddate=yes‘ to the end of your feed address.

I am also thinking of adding a ‘&praterraines=yes‘ flag to format the entries so that they look good on Prater Raines sites. In essence, this will mean removing the date from the meeting title and changing the publication date to the date of the meeting. Worth doing? Let me know.

Postnote: the ‘praterraines’ flag is now installed and working.

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